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NEC CRVD-42DWX+ curved display  (Source: NEC)
NEC and Alienware seem to be pulling form the same playbook

At CES 2008 last week Alienware announced a curved computer display geared for gamers and making people more productive through more screen space while working on a computer.

NEC must feel that the market for long, curved displays is a up and coming category as it announced its own curved display called the NEC CRVD-42DWX+. The NEC display has a screen resolution of 2880 x 900 with a response time of under 0.02 milliseconds. The NTSC color gamut the display is capable of is 170% and the dynamic range is 12-bit. In all the display can reproduce 68.7 billion colors.

NEC spokeswomen emphasized that the Alienware prototype and the NEC CRVD-42DWX+ "have nothing to do with each other."

While NEC claims the two displays share no common manufacturer, both displays are built with the same bezel and housing. Both displays use two LED-backlit DLP images to "stitch" the 2880 pixel-wide image across the curved display as well.  The likelihood that these two displays are not made in the same place would be an unusually odd coincidence.

The display has a typical brightness of 350 nits with a contrast ratio greater than 10,000:1. The screen has an aspect ratio of 3.2:1 and weighs 25 pounds without a stand. The overall dimensions of the screen are 40.4-inches wide x 12.6-inches high.

NEC declined to comment on pricing or availability of the display at this time.  However, given the high-markup nature of Alienware proprietary technology, NEC could be sitting on a goldmine if it markets the CRVD-42DWX+ just right. 

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RE: Comes down to Cost
By isorfir on 1/14/2008 1:41:18 PM , Rating: 2
I do the same thing with 2 22" screens, slightly angled at each other. The only problem is if I maximized a window across both screens there's a gap in the middle, which this monitor would fix. The 900 vertical res is a little low though, even the 1050 I'm at seems a little short.

RE: Comes down to Cost
By kkwst2 on 1/14/2008 3:00:16 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. I've been using one 19" 4:3 and one 24" WS for a while now. I like that combo as some things do better with widescreen and some things I like 4:3 better. I put my Windows takbar on the 19" since I don't like it taking up precious height on the widescreen.

Only problem is a virtual bump that windows get caught on when dragging from the 19" to the 24". You just learn how to drag things.

Agreed that 900 pixels is not enough height.

RE: Comes down to Cost
By bighairycamel on 1/14/2008 3:37:44 PM , Rating: 2
I'm in the same boat. I use 2 22" widescreens but I never stretch something across both screens... dont really see a reason to either. While this curved monitor would be cool for games and stuff, it would take away the usefulness of the 2nd monitor (I can play a game on screen 1 and have a stategy guide/map/tips on screen 2 or even watch a movie). I would stick to my dual screens over this curved setup anyday, but it's only a matter of my own preference and opinion.

RE: Comes down to Cost
By spluurfg on 1/14/2008 5:47:28 PM , Rating: 2
I'd love a flat, 4:3 one just for the color gamut...

RE: Comes down to Cost
By spluurfg on 1/14/2008 5:50:41 PM , Rating: 2
Or if I could choose anything, 3:2. Photo editors rejoice... with the new 12 bit SLRs.

RE: Comes down to Cost
By mWMA on 1/14/2008 6:23:05 PM , Rating: 2
I ran into the same problem with 2 20inch (1600x1200) samsung at my desk. Decide to add a 24inch (1920x1200) Samsung in the middle of two and I no longer wander about the bezel in the side of screen..

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